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More on Senate passage of class action reform

Michael beat me to this by a little bit, but I'll send in a few more links on the Senate's passage today of the Class Action Fairness Act, by a vote of 72-26. The Washington Post reports here. In addition to unanimous Republican support for the measure, the following Senators supported the bill: Jeffords (I-VT), Bayh (D-IN), Bingaman (D-NM), Cantwell (D-WA), Carper (D-DE), Conrad (D-ND), Dodd (D-CT), Feinstein (D-CA), Johnson (D-SD), Kohl (D-WI), Landrieu (D-LA), Lieberman (D-CT), Lincoln (D-AR), Nelson (D-NE), Obama (D-IL), Reed (D-RI), Rockefeller (D-WV), Salazar (D-CO), and Schumer (D-NY).

The bill was presented to the Senate Monday and moved through quickly, as supporters rejected all attempts to amend the bill as it came out of committtee. Bush supported the bill's passage unchanged, and the House leadership has agreed to move the bill through quickly -- likely next week -- in unamended form, to get the legislation to the president's desk. It will be Bush's first big legislative win for the new term.

UPDATE: Over at the Corner, Kathryn Lopez posts an email noting that the only Republican voting for a Feinstein-Bingaman amendment to the Act -- which would not only have weakened the bill but have derailed the "fast track" for the bill through the House -- was the Judiciary Committee Chairman himself, Arlen Specter (see Nov. 18, Nov. 16, Nov. 11).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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